Originally created 08/01/98

Mr. Dudley H. Bowen Sr.



Mr. Dudley Hollingsworth Bowen Sr., of 2649 Henry St., died Thursday, July 30, 1998, at University Hospital. He was 91.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. P. James Costigan officiating. A private burial will be in Westover Memorial Park.

Mr. Bowen, a native of Augusta, was a graduate of the Academy of Richmond County and attended Georgia Tech.

Mr. Bowen originated the Dudley Hardware Co. in Miami and continued the family business, Bowen Brothers Hardware Co., in Augusta. He patented a locking device for gun racks and originated the Trig-O-Lock Manufacturing Co., which produced more than 35,000 clocks worldwide.

Mr. Bowen was a member of the Rotary Club of Augusta and Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Ben Kay, an Augusta lawyer and fellow Rotarian, said Mr. Bowen was a devoted friend to three generations of his family.

"We'll miss his keen insight, quick wit and, most of all, his good company," he said.

Lou Saul, a close friend, said Mr. Bowen was truly interested in all people.

"He was a real gentleman," he said.

Survivors include his son, Dudley H. Bowen Jr., Augusta; his daughter, Barbara Bowen Moore, Atlanta; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Rotary Hull Education Fund or to the Rotary International Foundation, Rotary Club of Augusta, P.O. Box 463, Augusta, GA 30903.

The family will receive friends after the memorial service at the church.

Platt's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.